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Olivier Giroud faces uncertain future at Arsenal

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Yesterday, Chile and former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez signed a long term £35 million deal with EPL Arsenal. The North London club swooped in and bought Sanchez in while Barcelona representatives were also in London agreeing a fee of around £75 million with Liverpool for their Uruguayan maverick, Luis Suárez.

Liverpool in fact made an offer for Sanchez but he turned them and Juventus down to sign for the Gunners.  He said: "I'm so happy to be joining a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players and huge support around the world."

"I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League and Champions League." 

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Position Conundrum

But where will Sanchez play for Arsenal? Striker or wing? The Arsenal fans have been crying out for a new striker who will score 30 goals-a-season this summer after a mixed year from Olivier Giroud. 

Giroud scored 22 goals last term (16 in the league) which the fans did not see as enough. It is simple though, to win titles you need your centre forward to be scoring 20+ goals a season. But with the Frenchman, Arsenal fans don't get the impression he can.

However, with another marquee signing now at the Arsenal training camp in Sanchez, the morale will be raised even higher just like when Wenger brought in Mesut Özil last summer.

New formation

If Sanchez plays up front with Walcott on the right then possibly Oxlade-Chamberlain or Joel Campbell on the left, it will be a team full of flair and tenacity but may lack strength.

Another possibility could be that Sanchez replaces Walcott in that winger/striker role and Wenger plays a more 4-4-2 formation. That would mean you have Giroud still as the target-man/hold-up play expert with Sanchez making darting runs behind defences keeping the tempo high. 

Olivier Giroud

There were rumours in April that Giroud was planning on making a return to Ligue 1 after criticism for his performances on and off the pitch. Giroud was one of the best strikers in Ligue 1 scoring 21 league goals in his last year for Montpellier (they won the league that year) before joining Arsenal. 

Giroud has been mainly criticised because of his lack of goals against the big teams. He only managed to score one goal against anyone from the top 6 of the EPL last season (against Spurs in August). 

Now Sanchez has arrived, the fans will be expecting him to start at striker as he did for his nation, Chile at the 2014 World Cup which saw them make it to the last 16 where they were unluckily knocked out on penalties by hosts Brazil. 

Barcelona success

At Barcelona, Sanchez was occupied more as a right winger rather than a striker due to the fact the Catalan giants have Lionel Messi. 

But Sanchez is a natural finisher and his goal stats since he moved to Barca prove that. 

It will be extremely tough for Giroud in my mind to cement a position in the new Arsenal side for next season but I am sure that Wenger will give Giroud the opportunities to prove he has what it takes to be a class-A centre forward for Arsenal.

Arsenal will also hopefully be bringing in a couple more new faces with Mathieu Debuchy expected to be announced in the next 48 hours and the Gunners are looking at bagging a new holding midfielder with Sami Khedira and Lars Bender, the two main targets.

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